January 3, 2020

2020 January and February Fighting Game Events in Tokyo

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Seems like I've gotten into the habit of tracking FGC offline events in the Tokyo area. This isn't a comprehensive list, but feel free to contact me if you want me to add anything. You also should try TopTier.gg which tracks fighting game locals around the world.

Very generally:

  • On Tuesdays there is a DBFZ, Tekken7, and Soul Calibur event run by Jiyuna and MajinObama at Red Bull Gaming Sphere, Map. It is actually officially sponsored as well!
  • On Wednesdays SFV (Fighter's Crossover Akihabara – FCA is the event name) at Akihabara ESports Square (the place, Map) starting from 7pm. There are usually around 20 setups, all with sticks. The place has a bar with food too.
  • On Thursdays there is usually a SFV event at Red Bull Gaming Sphere, Map or sometimes BeasTV's Jikoken TV with Fuudo.
  • Also on some Thursdays there is a DBFZ event orgaqnized by Kagecchi at Akihabara eSports Square.
  • Studio Sky (Map) announced on 2018-09-14 that they will be an open esports space, and as part of that I'm not yet sure of their schedule, but I add information about their events when I see it.
  • Shot Bar Lucy has different events on different days, and usually on Friday night is an all-night event featuring various games (Map), Calendar.
  • The Plaza Capcom at Kichijoji (Map) has the Capcom eSPORTS Club which has free SFV setups, and often runs events.
  • Game Bar Cross-up in Umeda, Osaka (Map) usually does SFV on Tuesday, Guilty Gear and BlazBlue on Wednesday, and KOF14 on Thursday.
  • Game Bar Bridge, in Tachikawa, usually runs some fighting game stuff. Their schedule is pinned to the gbbtachikawa profile.
  • Check Gaijin Gaming Brothers for information about Smash related events in Japan. I add Tokyo based events to my list, but they track events all over Japan with English information.
  • Syogepi-events has a Google Calendar of his events. He often runs platinum and under begginer friendly events. They have an English based guide to participating in their events.

I don't really track free play events or tournaments at arcades - there are lots of them.

The arcade scene is vibrant, and you are likely to find competition at any arcade, but some are more well known than others. You might want to check out

  • Mikado Arcade, Map Takadanobaba
  • Taito Station Shinjuku East Exit, Map
  • Various arcades in Akihabara, Club Sega, Hey!
  • Various shops in Akihabara like the retro game store Super Potato, Map
  • Play Spot Big One 2nd, Map. Out in Chiba, but good place for 3rd Strike or Melty Blood. (Thanks Arlieth!)
  • Game Newton, Map. Lots of ST setups.
  • Your Warehouse, Map Kawasaki (For the crazy design) Oh no, this iconic arcade has shut down as of Nov. 7th.

If you are comfortable with Japanese, Kakuge-checker.com has a comprehensive list of offline, online, and other events going around all over Japan. I don't know how he/they/she does it.

Date Game Event Location Comments
2020-01-04 Sat. SFV, maybe others Hatsumode (1st temple visit) Event Shot Bar Lucy, Map All Day (maybe from 14:00?), Free.
2020-01-04 Sat. Tekken7, Puyo Puyo, Fortnight, Winning 11 eSports Max Gaming Festival Sunshine City Fountain Square, Map 13:00 - 18:00. KuroKuro is running the Tekken tournament, singles, with 8 pre-registered entrants and 8 day-of entrants. This is filmed for Tokyo MX's eSports TV show, so isn't streamed. Tekken registration from noon, games from 14:30. Puyo Puyo and Fortnight from 13:00.
2020-01-05 Sun. SFV Syogepi- Platinum and Under SFV Red Bull Gaming Sphere, Map 12:00 - 19:00. 1000yen. 500yen if you show a tweet with hashtag #しょげイベ. Free for staff. Tournament at 17:00. There is also a "Diamon Challenge": people under Diamond play a FT2, you get a sticker and the right to brag on twitter if the non-Diamond player wins.
2020-01-05 Sun. SFV SFV at Game Bar Bridge Game Bar Bridge, Map 13:00 - 18:00.
2020-01-06 Mon. SFV SFV at Game Bar Bridge Game Bar Bridge, Map 18:00 -.
2020-01-07 Tue. DBFZ, Tekken7, Soul Calibur 6 Fighting Tuesday Red Bull Gaming Sphere, Map 16:00 - 23:00 Free!, English stream, all you can drink Red Bull. Qs? Majin Obama and Jiyuna. Sticks and setups provided.
2020-01-07 Tue. SFV SFV at Shot Bar Lucy Shot Bar Lucy, Map 19:00 - close. 500yen entry plus one order per hour. At least 5 setups.
2020-01-08 Wed. Catherine Full Body Tokyo Pillow Fight Vol.3.2 Red Bull Gaming Sphere, Map 17:00 - 23:00, free. Tournament from 19:00, capped at 64 people, register at the twipla page. They are interested in people bringing additional controllers and copies of the game if possible.
2020-01-08 Wed. SFV Fighter's Crossover Akiba (FCA) Akihabara E-sports Square, Map 19:00 - 23:00, 1500yen to 2500yen depending on the time you spend (includes 1 or 2 drink tickets). Casuals Day. Japanese Stream.
2020-01-08 Wed. Smash Smash at Game Bar Bridge Game Bar Bridge, Map 18:00 -. I think you need to register for this - but I didn't see anything at GBB or Gaijin Gaming Brothers.
2020-01-09 Thu. DBFZ, Tekken7, Sould Calibur 6 Fighting Thursday Akihabara E-sports Square, Map 17:00 - 22:45, Free. Setups have sticks provided, you can bring your own PS4 controller, but no guarantees.
2020-01-09 Thu. Samurai Spirits / KOF14 SNK Games at Shot Bar Lucy Shot Bar Lucy, Map 19:00 - close. 500yen entry, one order per hour. 8 setups. Organized by BON.
2020-01-09 Thu. SFV Level Up Thursday Red Bull Gaming Sphere, Map 18:00 - 22:00, free, Street Fighter V casuals.
2020-01-10 Fri. Tekken7, SFV, others, board games Shot Bar Lucy All Night Shot Bar Lucy, Map Shot Bar Lucy 11:30pm - 5:00am SFV / Tekken / DBFZ / others. Free.
2020-01-10 Fri. DBFZ DBFZ at Game Bar Bridge Game Bar Bridge, Map 18:00 -.
2020-01-11 Sat. Under Night In-Birth Under Night In Birth at Game Bar Bridge Game Bar Bridge, Map 13:00 - 18:00.
2020-01-11 Sat. SFV The Strongest Team in Kichijoji Plaza Capcom Battle Plaza Capcom at Kichijoji, Map 14:00 - 23:00. Guests Fuudo and Yuka Kuramochi. Streamed on Fuudo's Twitch Channel. 4 teams: Gagando's (event organizer) team, Kuse's team (Shot Bar Lucy gang), Meat Takeshi's (@ryukawamura) team, and a pick-up team. Team battle, winner stays on, the last team with a person wins. FT2, except for captains who are FT3. Captain is last, other two are free order.
2020-01-12 Sun. SC6 SFV at Game Bar Bridge Game Bar Bridge, Map 13:00 - 18:00.
2020-01-12 Sun. SFV 88th SFV in Ochanomizu Shot Bar Lucy, Map 13:00 - 21:00. 3000yen includes free soft drinks. 2000yen after 16:00. Limited to 30 people. Regular operation after 18:00, which means 500 yen cover and one order of something an hour (or another 500yen.) Leave a comment on the twipla page under the "participating" selection (参加する) with your main character.
2020-01-13 Mon. SFV SFV at Game Bar Bridge Game Bar Bridge, Map 18:00 -.
2020-01-14 Tue. DBFZ, Tekken7, Soul Calibur 6 Fighting Tuesday Red Bull Gaming Sphere, Map 16:00 - 23:00 Free!, English stream, all you can drink Red Bull. Qs? Majin Obama and Jiyuna. Sticks and setups provided.
2020-01-14 Tue. SFV SFV at Shot Bar Lucy Shot Bar Lucy, Map 19:00 - close. 500yen entry plus one order per hour. At least 5 setups.
2020-01-15 Wed. SFV Fighter's Crossover Akiba (FCA) Akihabara E-sports Square, Map 19:00 - 23:00, 1500yen to 2500yen depending on the time you spend (includes 1 or 2 drink tickets). Casuals Day. Japanese Stream.
2020-01-15 Wed. Smash Smash at Game Bar Bridge Game Bar Bridge, Map 18:00 -. I think you need to register for this - but I didn't see anything at GBB or Gaijin Gaming Brothers.
2020-01-16 Thu. SFV Level Up Thursday Red Bull Gaming Sphere, Map 18:00 - 22:00, free, Street Fighter V casuals.
2020-01-16 Thu. Samurai Spirits / KOF14 SNK Games at Shot Bar Lucy Shot Bar Lucy, Map 19:00 - close. 500yen entry, one order per hour. 8 setups. Organized by BON.
2020-01-17 Fri. Tekken7, SFV, others, board games Shot Bar Lucy All Night Shot Bar Lucy, Map Shot Bar Lucy 11:30pm - 5:00am SFV / Tekken / DBFZ / others. Free.
2020-01-17 Fri. DBFZ DBFZ at Game Bar Bridge Game Bar Bridge, Map 18:00 -.
2020-01-18 Sat. Smash Smash at Game Bar Bridge Game Bar Bridge, Map 13:00 -. I think you need to register for this - but I didn't see anything at GBB or Gaijin Gaming Brothers.
2020-01-19 Sun. BBTAG SFV at Game Bar Bridge Game Bar Bridge, Map 13:00 - 18:00.
2020-01-19 Sun. SFV, other fighting games Studio Sky Open Training Studio Sky, Map 13:00 - 18:00, Free. Multiple setups with sticks. Lots of different fighting games, but SFV and DBFZ will be there for sure.
2020-01-20 Mon. SFV SFV at Game Bar Bridge Game Bar Bridge, Map 18:00 -.
2020-01-21 Tue. DBFZ, Tekken7, Soul Calibur 6 Fighting Tuesday Red Bull Gaming Sphere, Map 16:00 - 23:00 Free!, English stream, all you can drink Red Bull. Qs? Majin Obama and Jiyuna. Sticks and setups provided.
2020-01-21 Tue. SFV SFV at Shot Bar Lucy Shot Bar Lucy, Map 19:00 - close. 500yen entry plus one order per hour. At least 5 setups.
2020-01-22 Wed. SFV Fighter's Crossover Akiba (FCA) Akihabara E-sports Square, Map 19:00 - 23:00, 1500yen to 2500yen depending on the time you spend (includes 1 or 2 drink tickets). Casuals Day. Japanese Stream.
2020-01-22 Wed. Smash Smash at Game Bar Bridge Game Bar Bridge, Map 18:00 -. I think you need to register for this - but I didn't see anything at GBB or Gaijin Gaming Brothers.
2020-01-23 Thu. DBFZ, Tekken7, Sould Calibur 6 Fighting Thursday Akihabara E-sports Square, Map 17:00 - 22:45, Free. Setups have sticks provided, you can bring your own PS4 controller, but no guarantees.
2020-01-23 Thu. Samurai Spirits / KOF14 SNK Games at Shot Bar Lucy Shot Bar Lucy, Map 19:00 - close. 500yen entry, one order per hour. 8 setups. Organized by BON.
2020-01-23 Thu. BBTAG SFV at Game Bar Bridge Game Bar Bridge, Map 17:00 - 22:00.
2020-01-23 Thu. SFV Level Up Thursday Red Bull Gaming Sphere, Map 18:00 - 22:00, free, Street Fighter V casuals.
2020-01-24 Fri. SFV Fighter's Crossover Akiba (FCA) Akihabara E-sports Square, Map 19:00 - 23:00, 1500yen to 2500yen depending on the time you spend (includes 1 or 2 drink tickets). Casuals Day. Japanese Stream.
2020-01-24 Fri. Tekken7, SFV, others, board games Shot Bar Lucy All Night Shot Bar Lucy, Map Shot Bar Lucy 11:30pm - 5:00am SFV / Tekken / DBFZ / others. Free.
2020-01-24 Fri. DBFZ DBFZ at Game Bar Bridge Game Bar Bridge, Map 18:00 -.
2020-01-24 Fri. EVO EVO Japan Makuhari Messe, Map All Day. International Exhibition Hall 6. See the The EVO Japan site for details.
2020-01-25 Sat. EVO EVO Japan Makuhari Messe, Map All Day. International Exhibition Hall 6. See the The EVO Japan site for details.
2020-01-25 Sat. Samurai Spirits After Party Samurai Spirits After Party Bar Rhythm, Map 20:00 -. 4500yen, need to pay on the 24th. Contact the organizer Evo Japan Samurai Spirits after party.
2020-01-26 Sun. EVO EVO Japan Makuhari Messe, Map All Day. International Exhibition Hall 6. See the The EVO Japan site for details.
2020-01-26 Sun. Classic Catherine Classic Catherine Studio Sky, Map 11:00 - 19:30. 1000yen. Registration from 11:00 to 12:30, tournament from 13:00. Stream. TO @tkn0801. Registration form.
2020-01-27 Mon. SFV SFV at Game Bar Bridge Game Bar Bridge, Map 18:00 -.
2020-01-28 Tue. DBFZ, Tekken7, Soul Calibur 6 Fighting Tuesday Red Bull Gaming Sphere, Map 16:00 - 23:00 Free!, English stream, all you can drink Red Bull. Qs? Majin Obama and Jiyuna. Sticks and setups provided.
2020-01-28 Tue. SFV SFV at Shot Bar Lucy Shot Bar Lucy, Map 19:00 - close. 500yen entry plus one order per hour. At least 5 setups.
2020-01-29 Wed. SFV Fighter's Crossover Akiba (FCA) Akihabara E-sports Square, Map 19:00 - 23:00, 1500yen to 2500yen depending on the time you spend (includes 1 or 2 drink tickets). Casuals Day. Japanese Stream.
2020-01-29 Wed. Smash Smash at Game Bar Bridge Game Bar Bridge, Map 18:00 -. I think you need to register for this - but I didn't see anything at GBB or Gaijin Gaming Brothers.
2020-01-30 Thu. DBFZ, Tekken7, Sould Calibur 6 Fighting Thursday Akihabara E-sports Square, Map 17:00 - 22:45, Free. Setups have sticks provided, you can bring your own PS4 controller, but no guarantees.
2020-01-30 Thu. Samurai Spirits / KOF14 SNK Games at Shot Bar Lucy Shot Bar Lucy, Map 19:00 - close. 500yen entry, one order per hour. 8 setups. Organized by BON.
2020-01-30 Thu. SFV Level Up Thursday Red Bull Gaming Sphere, Map 18:00 - 22:00, free, Street Fighter V casuals.
2020-01-31 Fri. Tekken7, SFV, others, board games Shot Bar Lucy All Night Shot Bar Lucy, Map Shot Bar Lucy 11:30pm - 5:00am SFV / Tekken / DBFZ / others. Free.
2020-01-31 Fri. DBFZ DBFZ at Game Bar Bridge Game Bar Bridge, Map 18:00 -.
2020-02-15 Sat. SFV Syogepi Platinum and Under SFV Studio Sky, Map 12:00 - 20:00, 1000yen, limited to the first 50 people, sign up at https://twipla.jp/events/432468, there is also an English guide for the event.



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